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03-05-2021 07:11 AM - edited 03-06-2021 03:29 AM
Hi. I bought a HP Z620 a while back which I'm using as a VMWare ESXi host. It was supplied with 2 x E5-4620 V2 which have been running ok for me. From what info I can find online about this SKU, it only supports:
- Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family
- Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 product family
Is this running E5-4620s something I need to be concerned about for a homelab? This is the only D3J44UT I have and looking to upgrade it to the most cores and RAM I can fit in it and deciding if the E5-4620s should stay. Thanks.
- Edited title and post to the correct chip model number
96 GB ECC RDDR3 / 1600 Mhz
Processor Speed: 2600 Mhz.
System BIOS: J61 V03.94
Boot Block Date: 03/06/2013
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03-05-2021 08:15 AM
You need to find the very latest Z620 QuickSpecs version, up in the 40s if I recall. That will have the listing of the latest processors for the version 2 Z620. If you don't know what that means use this forum's search function.
There is a pretty late version, HERE . Old processors that drop off that list are still all supported in current BIOS. Learn how to update BIOS from within BIOS..... especially if you're using W10.
03-05-2021 09:57 AM - edited 03-05-2021 09:59 AM
Thanks for the reply. My reason for posting the question was I haven't been able to find any reference to running E5-46XX processors on a Z620 and wanted to check if this was something I should move away from, even if it just "works" now. My servers are all Ebay purchases so maybe not built in the best fashion, but it's all homelab stuff anyway.
The latest quickspec I can find online is version 46 so will look at prices for CPUs on the supported list. Just wanted to understand if I should ditch the E5-4620 like right now, for whatever reason. Seems my E5-2658s on the spoorted list either.
SERVER2 LJ450AV - J61 V03.94 -12/28/2011 - E5-2650 @ 2.00Ghz x2 / 96GB @ 1333 Mhz
SERVER3 LJ450AV - J61 V03.96 - 03/06/2013 - E5-2650 V2 @ 2.6Ghz x2 / 192 GB @ 1866 Mhz
SERVER4 LJ450AV - J61 V03.96 - 03/06/2013 - E5-2658 V2 @ 2.4Ghz x2 / 192 GB @ 1866 Mhz
03-05-2021 02:20 PM
The Xeon E5-4640 v2 is a 10-core. The maximum number or cores/ threads possible in a z620 is 24 which may be achieved by 2X Xeon E5-2695 v2 (12C@ 2.4 / 3.2GHz / 115W) or 2X Xeon E5-2697 v2 (12C@ 2.7 / 3.3GHz / 130W). The Xeon E5-2697 v2 seems surprisingly inexpensive at the moment (as little as $120 _3.5.21) given the original cost of $2,340.
Passmark Performance Test Baselines:
Xeon E5-2695 v2 _ 2X CPU = 21,717
Xeon E5-2697 v2 _ 2X CPU = 29,824 average (24,542 max in z620)
The maximum RAM in a z620 = 192GB (DDR3-1866 ECC Reg).
The only baselines in Passmark for Xeon E5-4640 V2 are for a Dell Poweredge R820 and an Intel Big Box , both servers using 4X CPU's.While the E5-4640's may work in a z620, in my view, that is a 4X max server processor and it is preferable to use processors that were originally supplied on the subject motherboard. The Xeon E5-2697 v2 has +2 cores and is also running at a noticeably higher clock speeds.
HP z620_2 (2017) (R7) > Xeon E5-1680 v2 (8C@ 4.3GHz) / z420 Liquid Cooling / 64GB (HP/Samsung 8X 8GB DDR3-1866 ECC registered) / Quadro P2000 5GB _ GTX 1070 Ti 8GB / HP Z Turbo Drive M.2 256GB AHCI + Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe 500GB + HGST 7K6000 4TB + HP/HGST Enterprise 6TB / Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 sound interface + 2X Mackie MR824 / 825W PSU / Windows 7 Prof.’l 64-bit (HP OEM) > 2X Dell Ultrasharp U2715H (2560 X 1440)
[ Passmark Rating = 6280 / CPU rating = 17178 / 2D = 819 / 3D= 12629 / Mem = 3002 / Disk = 13751 / Single Thread Mark = 2368 [10.23.18]
HP z420_3: (2015) (R11) Xeon E5-1650 v2 (6C@ 4.3GHz) / z420 Liquid cooling / 64GB (HP/Samsung 8X 8GB DDR3-1866 ECC registered) / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/ Samsung 860 EVO 500GB + HGST 4TB / ASUS Essence STX + Logitech z2300 2.1 / 600W PSU > Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (HP OEM ) > Samsung 40" 4K
[Passmark System Rating: = 5644 / CPU = 15293 / 2D = 847 / 3D = 10953 / Mem = 2997 Disk = 4858 /Single Thread Mark = 2384 [6.27.19]
03-06-2021 12:23 AM
the E5-46xx series of cpu's are for Quad (4) socket systems they have 4 QPI links instead of the E5-26xx cpu's that are dual socket with 2 QPI links
i'm surprised the z620 booted and ran with E5-46xx cpu's this indicates the z420 and z820 systems should also boot/run as the bios's for all of the zx20 workstations are mostly similar
just keep in mind that as of this date, cpu speed is still more important than cpu core count for most people, so the 26xx cpu's are a better choice as the cpu speeds are higher while still having a reasonable amount of cores and are HP qualified for most of the 26xx model line
03-06-2021 03:11 AM
You're very welcome.
In my view, the Xeon E5-2697 v2's should have a very good set of attributes: compatibility, reliability, 24 core/ 48 thread count, excellent cost/performance ratio, and single-threaded performance for the intended use.
Let us know how it works out.